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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

853 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.11%


Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bewareOFpenguin on 04-07-2005)
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j12601

New York

3.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of the 2010 via a trade on here, that I took to one of Paul’s tastings. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Lots of roast on the nose, char, and big fat roast. Quite sweet, much sweeter than expected. Roast, char, plums and caramel. Long roast on the finish, lots of char and roast. Overall fairly good, but definitely not the mind blowing experience it’s made out to be. Just a solid well made imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 18:11:31 | More by j12601
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jegross2

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BEER REVIEW #200! Since beer review #100 was CBS, I had to pull out something epic to top it (especially since I took the MPRE in the morning).

Reviewing the infamous Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery out of New Hampshire. This is one of highest rated and most sought after beers in the world. I am absolutely ecstatic to have had the opportunity to try this beer.
Score: 100

2012 vintage bottle served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 03/17/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown coffee color with just under a half finger of creamy tan head at pour that settles into a ring around the glass and foggy layer atop the beer. Totally opaque save for a thin brown highlight strip at the top of the glass when held up to light. Above average frothy and oily lacing mix with absolutely superior retention. 5/5

Smell: Loads of rich and roasted chocolate and smooth, percolating coffee. A really nice aromatic mix of milk chocolate and chocolate. Toasted oats, prunes, figs, and roasted malts. A very light vanilla and licorice smell too. As the beer approaches room temperature, a very small amount of dark cherry comes out in the nose. Very inviting! 5/5

Taste: WOW! Move over Darkness, there is a new Russian Imperial Stout in town. The first thing I notice is the rich, complex and layered medley of chocolate flavors in this beer. There's creamy milk chocolate, fudge, bittersweet chocolate morsels, mocha and dark chocolate throughout. There's a modest amount of fig flavor and "dark chocolate raisinets" flavor on the midpalate in addition to some brown sugar. There is a light alcohol warming effect (but not flavor) on the midpalate too, but just the perfect amount to give some liveliness to the rich chocolateness of the beer. There's some toasted oat flavor and smooth coffee too. This beer honestly strikes the perfect balance between chocolate and coffee -- smooth, rich and flavorful, but not too bitter, sweet or acidic. There's another wave of rich mocha and dark chocolate flavor towards the finish, which seems to grow as the beer layers. Finishes with the perfect mocha and raw chocolate flavor that you'd expect and desire from a Russian Imperial Stout. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Rich, creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Finish is dry, chocolatey and bittersweet. 5/5

Overall: I never thought that I would ever consume a beer that I enjoyed more than Surly Darnkess, but here we are. Kate The Great is truly a perfect beer that lives up to the hype. Rich, complex and infinitely chocolatey. You could absolutely hate beer and love this brew. If only this one was more available and easy to find, it would be the only beer I would stock in my fridge for regular consumption. People covet this beer for a reason, and I would absolutely recommend paying well over the cost to acquire a bottle for a special occassion. World class indeed!

Recommendation: Seek this beer out. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

Pairings: Vanilla ice cream or steak.

Cost: $8 for an 11.2 oz bottle, but when you consider the cost of purchasing a lottery ticket to entitle you to a bottle and the probabilities of winning, each bottle actually costs $23.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:51:54 | More by jegross2
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gkatsoris


4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'09'

A: Black, black black. No head at all!!! It's alive!

S: Sweet and chocolatly. Anisey. Chocolate covered cherries. Dark bitter-sweet chocolate. Unsweetened chocolate. Wood. Very slight expresso. Black cherries. Man this is complex.

T: Oh-My-Balanced!!! Bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate. Cocoa. Expresso grinds. Black cherries in brandy. F-ing delicious!!!

M: This is the greatest mouthfeel ever! Thick and caramely!!! Holy coat on the tongue. Wams the tummy.

O: Quite honestly, I was expecting a let down. But this thins kicked me in the nuts and blew me away. I had a KBS last week, and this brew is 10 times KBS without question!!! The best beer I've ever had, without anything even coming close.

Thanks monsterzero; send me more!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:56:59 | More by gkatsoris
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very thick and very black...motor oil black. Impressive, but not much of a head, which leaves this brew at a 4.0

S: The aroma is RIS to the T. Amazing black strap molasses with hints of liquorish and alcohol sting. A black maulty bomb, this brew can make your mouth water.

T: The flavor follows the nose. Thick, with liquorish up front. Thick molasses, hints of dark chocolate, and the alcohol bite is pleasant.

MF: The mouthfeel could use a little more carbonation, but the body is pretty creamy.

Overall, possibly one of those beers that can live up to the hype. A must try, this brew is the definition of an RIS. Go Kate!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 00:04:54 | More by TKEbeerman
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 kate into a kate snifter.

A - black with minimal dark brown carbonation.

S - dark malts, dark fruits, a little chocolate.

T - malt and chocolate/coffee backbone, notably livened up by some fruit from the port wood influence. brighter-tasting than a lot of russian imperials, even including a little fresh hop character. like everyone else seems to note, the sweetness is pleasantly rolled back, which makes this an extremely well-balanced stout.

M - rich with very light, lively carbonation.

O - kate is perhaps not the stunner that some other imperial stouts are, but it presents an interesting mix of flavors and integrates them seamlessly. well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 01:38:28 | More by CADMixes
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my cousin Jeff for picking me up a bottle of the 2012. Poured from a stubby bottle into a Kate Tulip. Jet black pour, thin tan head, light carbonation. Nice roasted malt aroma, coffee notes, chocolate notes. The beer is really creamy, and balanced. Perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. Some coffee and chocolate. A great RIS, lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 08:43:00 | More by bonkers
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from short stubby bottle into KTG tulip - 2012 release.

A: Poured a deep black with with one finger head that descended into a thin frothy lacing, slight webbing as it lowered , good carbonation.

S: Dark roasted malts , toffee ,caramel ,coffee .

T: Deep roasted malts with decent coffee flavors, chocolate, sweet toffee and caramel ,slight vanilla hints, slight char, light hops.

O: Overall this is a very good RIS that I recommend trying at least once if given the chance , I was lucky that a great BA gave me the opportunity , Thanks again Hollie - You Rock !

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 23:38:32 | More by InebriatedJoker
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exception imperial stout that lives up to its hype. Smooth chocolate and expresso, although the nose was a wierd mix of coffee, chocolate and pp. Black with white lace. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. The balance between Sweet and bitter is nailed.Thanks for sharing Tom.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:23:11 | More by Sammy
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank multiple snifters at KTG day 2012.

Poured a very dark brown color with a lighter colored head. Head disappeared quite quickly.

Smelled of dark fruits and chocolate, and almost a bit of a red wine scent in there.

Taste is good. I would say this is a hybrid of a Barley wine and a Stout. Definitely can detect the port additions, as well as dark fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, with a tiny bit of chocolate. Some alcohol heat but not overwhelming. Very rich.

Mouthfeel - Good for style.

Overall a solid beer. I personally don't think it quite lives up to the hype, though with that being said I would definitely seek this out again. Being at the release was fun!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 19:23:37 | More by TWStandley
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle.

A - Black with a 2 finger dark brown head.

S - Chocolate, roasty notes, oak.

T - Chocolate, espresso flavors/bitterness, oak, some alcohol in the finish, anise, molasses, some port flavors as well. Smooth finish.

M - Definitely full. Nice smooth carbonation.

Awesome beer. I was lucky enough to get a few bottles, can't wait to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 23:39:35 | More by s1ckboy
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black two finger brown head that leaves perfect lacing on every other beer.

S-Chocolate, some coffee a tad bit of roasted malt

T-Does not have the roasted malt character that most RIS have. However it has a great chocolate profile, very sweet, some coffee, as it warms some vanilla and a port flavor as well.

M-Medium bodied, slightly creamy but very smooth

O-A wonderful beer that I waited in the cold to try. The first glass did not last long out of pure awesomeness. A great beer that everyone should seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 15:52:50 | More by rlee1390
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perogi


4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is for the 2012 version of this beer.

After waiting for 4 hours, I was lucky enough to make it into the first round. Ten minutes later, I had my first Kate of the day.

A: Dark brown with light brown lace. Not overly heady.

S: When cold, a bit too much alcohol but after warming very complex notes of raisins, coffee, and cocoa.

T: Extremely well balanced beer - not too bitter nor too sweet.

M: For a 10% beer, it goes down very smooth. Tons of different flavors as it warms up - nothing is over the top.

O: An excellent beer well worth the wait. I was lucky to win bottles in the lottery - I will let the first one mature for at least 6 months before drinking. (Root cellar ftw!)

Many people will comment on the Kate the Great day - I personally had a great time. Came alone, met some people in line and hung out with them for the next 6 hours. A very fun day with good food, good people and exceptionally good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 00:42:25 | More by perogi
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Waited in line for 2.5+ hours, in the cold (and inadequately dressed), to try this beer. And it was definitely worth the wait.

Not sure that I've ever had a more complex tasting beer. The complexity of the notes, very unique, but very harmonious.

Appearance: very dark brown. Looks chocalately. Looks heavy ... like a 90 wt motor oil.

Smell: malty smell. Good, but not "Great" :o}

Taste: ah the taste. My initial sensation was that this was a strong beer (ABV). Sense of a mixed vodka drink. The next sense was of sweet chocolate malts. But then quickly the after taste morphed into a wine-like fruity/floral sensation (but less sweet ... like a drier white wine). Fascinating beer.

Mouthfeel. Perfect amount of heaviness/weight to the beer, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: A great Imperial Stout (and I'm more of an IPA type of guy). The reputation of this beer is well deserved.

Final notes:
the chalkboard at the Brewery listed this as a 10% ABV beer (not 12% as listed above).
Saddened to see folks getting drunk on this beer by having 4 to 5 glasses. What a waste. Drink Schlitz if you are having more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 16:18:54 | More by KarlosT
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bmonty412

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!...what a day, what a crazy experience we had at our first Kate Day. First,We get in an extremely long line that streched all the way around the building at 10 am . Then we wait in 30 degree temps with 20 mph winds for the next 4 hours and 40 mins!! This was a true test of our will and loyalty to this beer and craft beer in general for that matter! Often we wondered if this was worth the wait...turns out...it was!!

A-this beauty pours a dark, almost black opaque rich color with minimum carbonation, also served a little colder than i would expect into a really nice KTG glass, nice oily legs left on the glass.

S- smells unreal! Chocolate, mocha, sweetness and a touch of alcohol

T- oh so good, rich rich choco coffee roasty flavor with a wonderful sweet finish that is super creamy! Could not tell at all that this was 10% abv. Drank so smooth, one person there described it as "drinking velvet." This beer only got better as it warmed. Superb!!

O- This "experience" was amazing and reminded me why I love craft beer so much and in particular great stouts. This is a beer i had to try and was glad I did. Not sure if I will wait nearly 5 hours again to have it, but I will buy scratch tickets again to try and attain this beer. I suspect the lines for this Beer on Kate Day will only grow longer as Craft Beer popularity continues to blow up as it has done in the past couple of years!

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 15:29:43 | More by bmonty412
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Number45forever

Vermont

4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Kate Day. A buddy and I drove from Vermont down to Portsmouth...we left at 6 am and pulled into the garage behind the brewery at 7:55. The line was around the block and down the alley, at least 150 people in line already. This is not a beer: it's an experience.

In line, we chatted with a couple who flew in from Maryland for Kate Day. Yeah. I briefly chatted with the guys at the front of the line (while walking around to keep some circulation). Despite the 25 degree temps, and 15 mph winds, it was a very, very happy crowd.

At 10:40 or so, the line started moving! The brewery holds 240 people...it was going to be close as to whether or not we got in during the first wave. Fast forward to 11:20 - T-Minus 10 minutes to Kate-tapping. We were at the door...and were called in to fill a table. We hugged as we crossed the door, slapped a high five to people in the front booth, and floated to our booth in pure joy.

15 minutes later, we had Kate. Oh, Kate.

It poured a deep, deep brown - not quite black in my estimation. Big alcohol legs. The chalkboards in there said Kate was 10% ABV - not 12 as previous versions were. Depending on the vigorousness of your pour, Kate BRIEFY retained a 1.5 finger head in the special Kate-Day snifter glass.

Kate has a smell like nothing else. Lots of chocolate, some coffee, dark dank roastiness. It smells, as it would taste...like a symphony of flavors in delicate balance. I could not smell any port or fruit notes....mostly a heavenly deep mocha, like the finest chocolate ever.

Kate tastes magical. The first sip hits you with a splash of bitterness. Hello baby. Then sweet chocolate and the SLIGHTEST dash of dried fruit before a rich, dark, bitter cocoa finish. So smooth. Light carbonation opened up the coffee notes very well. This is a sipper like nothing else I have ever had. It comes at you in waves: Boom, coffee. Boom, dark cocoa. Such balance. Such perfect harmony.

Kate tickles the tongue when the glass is fresh, a light carbonation with a creamy finish. Sassy. As you sip and savor, Kate warms, the carbonation fades, and Kate softens. Ah, now you've won this mistress over. Smooth.

Kate is the BEST beer I have ever had. No, I haven't had everything there is to have. But I know one thing: if I was leaving this earth tomorrow, I'd pick Kate tonight.

...

I had five glasses of the temptress Kate. Five journeys through the bliss of Kate. Each an experience, each savored to the last drop. Before taking my last sip, I said a hail mary and thanked the beer gods for providing me an opportunity to enjoy such a brew.

KATE THE GREAT

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 01:52:28 | More by Number45forever
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Mkgrenwel

Maine

4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of cherry, chocolate, licorice and a bit of peanut butter. Flavor is sweet and smooth. Lots of licorice and fruit. Chocolate. Cherry. Strong bitter finish washes out the sweetness and balances it nicely. Intensely silky, full mouthfeel. Big bitter cocoa finish. Very tasty and well done, but definitely does not exhibit the complexity I look for in a big imperial stout like this. Really nice beer that doesn't disappoint, but doesn't particularly stand out of the pack of great imperial stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 00:48:18 | More by Mkgrenwel
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip. Pours black with a small dark mocha head tha settles down with some sparse lace.

The aroma has nice notes of dark chocolate with notes of oaky grapes and coffee notes. The pallet is a lot of the same. Nice oaky coffee flavors with coffee notes and some hints of warm chocolate. Nice dark roasted malts with a good sweet edge.

Awesome mouthfeel here good creamy and silky body with good soft carbonation. Overall this one is really top tier. I'll gladly wait in line any time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 22:47:21 | More by Bendurgin
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review number 700! After waiting in line for Kate day since 5:45am it has arrived....a snifter of Kate the Great!

A - Poured into a 20th anniversary snifter that states "twist off...my ass!" a oily black pour with a nice creamy one finger mocha head that leaves light lacing and fades to a nice thin blanket. A little swirling brings everything back to life.

S - Aromas of sweet roasty malts and deep rich chocolate. Excellent port chips coming through. Very rich and roasty and decadent.

T - Oooohhh yeah. Rich roasted malts and deep delicious liquid dark chocolate. There is excellent oak, earth, vanilla, and some nice port aging notes intermingled in this beer. The finish...no booze. So so harmonious.

M - Mouthfeel is creamtastic. Silky smooth like a velvet curtain drapes along my pallet. Stupendous feel with no ABV detected. Magic.

O - Overall holy zombie Jesus. Beer was well worth the wait to get a pour. This is really good stuff and while the hype is getting out of control it really is an excellent Russian stout. Not sure how they do this. Oh wait...kid magic.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 17:23:57 | More by rudzud
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is jet black, with a thin, off-white head that is clingy and retaining. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, red wine, mint, and a bit of smoke. Amazing! Flavors are ridiculously layered, hitting the tongue all over with a barrage of characteristics. Woody and smokey hinted dark chocolate first, followed by a smooth roasted coffee profile that blends and cleans the palate. Candied and sugary highlights at the end make this absolutely delicious. The aftertaste is super rich and creamy, with smokey mocha flavors. The finish is warming and supersmooth, with a richness and booze cleanliness. Amazing beer, and I can't even imagine what the bottles will age like. Tremendous!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 17:01:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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agirginis

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours like motor oil with a brown head

S- a real complex smell of chocolate, wine, and coffee. It smels almost as good as it tastes

T- it starts out with chocolate and coffee but ends with the sort of a wine and fruit flavor/

M- a smooth very easy drinking beer.

O- this beer lives up to all the hype and is worth the year long wait people have to go through!! Cant wait for KATE DAY!! dONT OPEN BOTTLE RIGHT AWAY give it some time. I opened one 6 months later and it had a great taste to it. Recommend keeping for longer though

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 11:58:55 | More by agirginis
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jay for opening this bottle up! 2010 vintage poured into a small snifter glass.

A: Pours a very nice dark black color with a small mocha/tan colored head on top. Not very big and reduces rather quickly, leaving behind a ring of foam and some random bubbles on top.

S: Lots going on in the aroma, lots of dark fruits - cherry and raisins. There is some espresso and coffee and a bunch of dark chocolate. In some ways it reminds me of a port.

T: Very big, lots of flavors that change as it warms. Slightly bitter chocolate and coffee a first with tons of dark fruit in the middle. More cherries, raisins, and figs, as well as some brown sugar and molasses.

M: Full bodied, but extremely easy drinking. Goes down very smooth. Slight heat, but no heavy alcohol presence.

O: A fantastic beer that lives up to its reputation. Extremely complex, but the ease at which it drank was amazing. Can only hope to have it again someday. Thanks again Jay.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 19:56:26 | More by mdaschaf
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drowland

Georgia

4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared at the SeaBass going away tasting! Opaque pitch-black pour with a small brown head. Slightly sour aroma loaded with dark fruits. Sweet roasted flavor filled with chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty tasty, but not as awesome as some make it out to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:17:40 | More by drowland
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fewa

Belgium

2.03/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

had this one in a ktg, black albert, kabert and special-k line up.
Pours a deep black color with almost no head. Smell is sweet, chocolate and coffee. The taste is simply a let down. Muddy coffee, sweet molasses, fatty chocolate and dusty oak. This beer lacks complexity, is thin and has low carbonation. Easily the worst in the line up. Happy that only 33 percent of this is added to the kabert, so the true masterpiece black albert can compensate. Overhyped.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 09:16:02 | More by fewa
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shawnm213

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by phaleslu at DLD 2010. Big thanks peter. Have been curious about this beer. hoppy, bitter, roasty. cocoa, coffee. has a weird moldy cocoa taste. light body compared to the Oak aged DL, Apis Póltorak Jadwiga, and black tuesday i just had. Maybe i was previously batting with a doughnut on my bat, but this seemed quite drinkable. Hope to try it again some day when I’m not a boat load of beers deep. Great beer. Happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:48:28 | More by shawnm213
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dmac621

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Paul’s Thanksgiving weekend bash. Poured a deep dark brown almost black body with a foamy dark beige head. Aroma is great with lots of raosty notes, chocolate, burnt toast, tootsie rolls, and grassy hops still make a prescence despite all the roastiness. Medium to fuller bodied with slight alcohol warming and average carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, toast, espresso, vanilla and a hint of alcohol. Overall this is just one great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 21:19:59 | More by dmac621
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.